Singer Seal is calling out critics for suggesting he attacked Oprah Winfrey over her relationship with Harvey Weinstein, insisting he was speaking out against hypocrisy in Hollywood.
The Kiss From a Rose star came under fire earlier this week (12Jan18) after he took to Instagram to question Oprah's friendship with the disgraced producer, writing.
"Oh I forgot, that's right... you'd heard the rumours but you had no idea he was actually serially assaulting young stary-eyed (sic) actresses who in turn had no idea what they were getting into. My bad," he snapped, adding a meme featuring Oprah and Harvey at events together.
But now the singer insists he wasn't trying to discredit Winfrey.
"Now let's get straight to it," he says in a new video posted on Facebook. "Let me start by saying that I have an enormous amount of respect for everything that Oprah has achieved and contributed in her life."
"What I re-posted was not an attack on Oprah at all," he adds. "She just happened to be the person photographed with the pig (Weinstein) in the picture. No, what I re-posted was commentary on the hypocritical and double standard nature and behavior of Hollywood..."
In his message, Seal also slams actress Stacey Dash for tweeting a link to an article about Seal's original post and writing, "Ouch, he does make a good point though."
"And Stacey Dash, keep my name out of your mouth," he continues. "Do not re-tweet, re-quote anything I have said in order to reinforce your self-hating agenda... Again, this was not an attack against Oprah. This was an observation of the toxic nature of Hollywood and I believe that a conscious people are a progressive people..."
Oprah addressed the Weinstein sex scandal on her Facebook account late last year (17), writing: "I’ve been processing the accounts of Harvey Weinstein’s hideous behavior and haven’t been able to find the words to articulate the magnitude of the situation."
More than 80 women, including Mira Sorvino, Rose McGowan, Ashley Judd, and Gwyneth Paltrow, have now accused the disgraced studio boss of inappropriate behaviour, assault, rape, and misconduct.
Weinstein maintains that while he may have behaved badly in the past he has never forced a woman to have sex with him.